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The Beatitudes of Revelation- Wedding Invitation

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland

Associate Director of HopeLives365 and World Evangelist for Adventist World Radio



  • November 15, 2014
    11:30 AM
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him to eat his dude is time God 's book the Bible student in today's complex will be easy for him to show him to have a thousand and one events in broadcast history Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were married and London's Westminster Abbey for many years cherry sized bed on Prince William eventual heir to the monarchy and whom he would marry their wedding had twelve million Canadians tuning in at one point or another and hundreds of millions possibly as many as two million watching on television worldwide the event even set a Guiness book of world records for most live streams for a single event an invitation to attend this occasion was fairly exclusive about nineteen hundred guests were invited to the ceremony six hundred to the luncheon and three hundred to the evening reception with a total cost of over twenty million pounds in order to have received an invitation you needed to be a family member or a person who is very important for close to the family now the odds are that most of you watching did not receive an invitation to this event but even though you did not receive an invitation to that wedding did you know that there is another wedding each and every one of us has been invited to a wedding far more monumental far more magnificent than that of Prince William and Kate a wedding that has eternal consequences we can find our invitation to that wedding in the pages of the holy Scriptures of the Bible and in the book of Revelation we read in Revelation nineteen and in verse nine Revelation nineteen and the first nine Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb is with that invitation that we find ourselves in the midst of our series the Beatitudes of revelation here in Revelation nineteen nine is the fourth in a series of seven blessings that are pronounced in the book of Revelation selloff in the book of Revelation is portrayed as a book that causes fear however we find that the word blast appears seven times literally in the Greek language the word blast means to be fortunate happy or privileged in this book and that has brought confusion and distrust many we find seven statements of happiness or fortune seven statements that can bring happiness into the lives of those who fulfill the requirements of the blessing this fourth blessing is to those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb some questions come about in this very simple statement what is the marriage supper who is the Lamb in Christianity we often recognize this symbol of the land to be Jesus however it may be helpful to look at a few Bible verses to confirm our thinking on this one day while John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing the Jordan River he saw Jesus walking toward him and him Sean one twenty nine it records the saying of John about Jesus behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world in Isaiah fifty three a prophecy of the Messiah we read these words he was oppressed and he was afflicted yet he opened not his mouth he was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before it shearers is silent so he opened not his mouth Jesus is referred to as the Lamb of God but why the Lamb of God in ancient Judaism the sacrificial system demanded the death of an innocent lamb as the sacrifice for sin Hebrews nine twenty two states that without the shedding of blood there is no remission no remission means to be forgiven or pardoned of sins now it seems to be taboo to talk about sin in our society today we talk of mistakes indiscretions and slipups however using the word sin as a descriptor it seems to have connotations of being harsh or damaging to a person 's feelings of self-worth but sin is serious according to first John chapter three and version for it says this whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness and soon is a lawlessness became James states it this way foreseeing is the trend question of the law sitting is the breaking or transgression of God 's law in Romans six twenty three tells us of the ultimate consequence of said for the wages of sin is death my friend soon this is a serious thing it causes death Jesus is referred to as the Lamb of God because he came to fulfill the need of sacrifice for sin mice in causes my depth however Jesus came so I don't have to pay the price for my sent Jesus died in my place he died in your place she is the Lamb of God first Peter chapter one and verse nineteen says this but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot Jesus 's death makes provision for our salvation in just a moment ago I read Romans six twenty three but I didn't read the second half the second half says but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Jesus paid the price so we might have eternal life this Lamb of God Jesus Christ who for gives us from our sins and has paid the penalty for our sins has promised a blessing in Revelation nineteen ninety two those invited to his marriage supper of the next question then is what is the marriage supper of the Lord 's supper might be threatened better translated the store banquet might be compared to the modern day wedding reception is several different Bible passages help us in understanding what the marriage supper is Jesus himself illustrated what the marriage supper is with the parable describing the kingdom of God in Luke chapter fourteen verses sixteen to twenty three fourteen sixteen to twenty three a certain man gave a supper and invited many and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited for all things are now ready but they all with one accord began to make excuses no skipping down to verse twenty one so that the servant came and reported these things to his master then the master of the house being angry said to his servant go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city defender verse twenty three and the master said doing the servant go out into the highways and hedges and compelled them to comment that my house may be filled the marriage supper of the Lamb is an invitation to a literal supper that celebrates God 's people 's entry to the heavenly gates remember our text today Revelation nineteen nine says the last are those who are called a blessing is pronounced on those who are called to this magnificent event what does it mean to be called that were literally means to be invited this parable we just read illustrates that the invitation has been sent out and even now people continue to be invited but unfortunately as the parable also depicts many people make excuses as to why they cannot accept the invitation another parable that further emphasizes the inclusiveness of this invitation is recorded in you Chapter twenty two versus two through thirteen the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding and they were not willing to come again he sent out other servants saying tell those who are invited see I have prepared my dinner my oxen and fatted cattle are killed and all things are ready to call him to the wedding but they made light of it and went their ways one to his own farm another to his business and the rest seized his servants treated them spitefully and killed them but when the king heard about it he was furious he sent out his armies destroyed those murderers and burned up their cities then he said to the servants the wedding is ready but those who were invited were not worthy therefore go into the highways and as many as you find invite to the wedding so those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all will be found both bad and good in the wedding hall was filled with guests but when the king came in to see the desk he saw a man there who did not half on a wedding garment so he said to him Fred how did you come in here without a wedding garment and he was speechless then the king said to the servants bind him hand and foot take them away and cast him into the outer darkness there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth Jesus introduces one additional principle to the marriage supper all are invited but not everyone can come there seems to be address requirement notice the parable first to a wedding garment every person has been invited to the marriage supper but only those with the wedding garment concomitant that wedding garment represents the decision to live a life for Jesus and no longer live a life for self Isaiah calls it the salvation garment in Isaiah sixty one and verse ten notice what the Bible says Isaiah chapter sixty one and in verse ten I will greatly rejoice in the Lord my soul shall be joyful in my God for he has closed me with the garments of salvation he has covered me with the room of righteousness all are invited to the marriage supper but only those who have the wedding garment or as Isaiah calls it the garment of salvation or the robe of righteousness will be allowed in friends we cannot save ourselves we need a Savior and that Savior is Jesus all are invited to the marriage supper but only those who have given their life to Jesus can attend Jesus is the only one who can save us Jesus as the Lamb of God is the only one who can cleanse us from our sin and make us right for heaven we have seen that these two parables also illustrate that the invitation can be rejected while Revelation promises a blessing to those who are called to the marriage supper of the lamp it also tells us that there was another supper at the end of time Revelation chapter nineteen versus seventeen and eighteen tell us of this tragic event revelation nineteen then I saw an angel standing in the sun and he cried with a loud voice saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of that column and gather together for the supper of the great God that you may eat the flesh of kings the flesh of captains the flesh of mighty men the flesh of horses and those who sit on them and the flesh of all people free and slave both small and great this supper symbolically represents those who rejected Christ's invitation because of that rejection they are not fit to enter the heavenly kingdom having been slain by the brightness of Christ's coming they become your food for the birds so instead of eating at the marriage supper of the Lamb their dead corpses are eaten by the scavenging birds a friend we are given a choice the invitation of Jesus is free to all listen to what is in-store for those prepared to enter the city as it's recorded in Revelation nineteen six to eight and I heard as it were the voice of the great multitude as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings saying hallelujah for the Lord God omnipotent reigns let us be glad and rejoice and give him glory for the marriage of the Lamb has come and his wife has made herself ready and to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen clean and bright for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints what a glorious day that will be these verses describe the marriage supper of the Lamb as it is a cell of ration of marriage of Christ to his people after witnessing a new heaven and a new earth envisioned Sean 's attention is then drawn to the bride in Revelation twenty one versus one to three and it tells us now I saw a new heaven and a new birth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away also there was no more sea then I John saw the holy city the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband and I heard a loud voice from heaven saying behold but have her knuckle of God is with men and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people God himself will be with them and be their God John gets a better look later in the chapter in verses nine to thirteen listen to these words than one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me saying I will show you the bride the lamb 's wife and he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me the great city the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God having the glory of God her light was like a most precious stone like a jasper stone clear as crystal also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates and twelve angels at the gates and names written on them which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel three gates on the east three gates on the north three gates on the south and three gates on the west the bride is the new Jerusalem with all of God 's people in it Jesus and his people finally together for friends this marriage will never be dissolved it will last for eternity finally God 's people are in a place of safety security and comfort forever this marriage supper of the Lamb is the opening event to our internal bliss and safety this celebration feast will be reminiscent of Christ's Last Supper however this won't be the last supper it will be the first supper it will be a celebration of God 's final victory overseas Jesus said in Matthew twenty six at the Last Supper in verse twenty nine these words but I say to you I will not shrink of the fruit of the vine from now until the day when I drink it new with you in my father 's King Jesus has made an invitation to the internal list of the heavenly kingdom he will not drink of the cup he drank at the Last Supper until the marriage supper but instead of a couple of sorrow it will be a cop of celebration friends Revelation nineteen night reassures us saying that these sayings are true and trustworthy we live in a society today where it's hard to trust anything or anyone but Jesus can be trusted Jesus is coming again there is a marriage supper that we can each be part of each of us is invited will you accept the invitation today he calls you with then invited will you just now accept that invitation of Jesus a she's fighting inviting her to come in a and B with ten green blue and rude to me through your home to an till she longingly had seen as a new life in him to see and how I add on my as him and in reform and we are so thankful then we had been invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb we want to be at that marriage supper and we know that we cannot do with my all my drawer homes range from firearms on doing this we know Lord we need your son Jesus to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of our unrighteous and Susan Dang we accept the invitation to come to the mirror summer we want to hear those words in an welcome home Lord we want to come home and we want to be parading you make us ready for you when you come again to take us home to that marriage supper of the Lamb we pray in Jesus name amen him to him will him to the pad will not everyone is willing to your physical health and instantly healed very confusing as to health care publishing it is designed in a social and physical health actually go in hand one of my favorite Bible text is absolutely gone cues about her health listen to the page on one first two in Lafayette I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as faithful prosperous so first things first what we need is a fresh new start and if we use God 's plan for healthy living he does have one we will be healthier in all aspects of our lifestyle including the physical mental social and spiritual to the year the sharing with you components of healthy living he is in the acronym start you are enjoying new and better quality of life and he wants us to do so more abundantly the next friends while the book of Revelation is filled with symbols that can often be confusing or challenging to understand it is also a book that is filled with blessings blessings for those who choose to follow the will of God our relationship with Jesus is the most important part of the will of God God desires with each be seen to help you grow in that spiritual walk with Jesus what advice you are website www. eighties and .ca or to our YouTube channel YouTube .com IRI government Canada and there you can find resource to help you in your walk with Jesus for today's offer I'd like to offer you the full seven part series on the Beatitudes of revelation here's the information you need to get two days off to requested a golfer just log on to www. edition written Canada .ca and selected TV programs that are Canadian viewers the offer will be sent free an postage-paid reviewers outside of Canada shipping charges will apply if you prefer you may call four three at one eighty day call I IW called any time lines are open twenty four hours daily or if you wish you may write to us at it is written office twenty ten Oshawa Ontario L1 age seventy four sidewalk I did not get an invitation to Will and Kate 's wedding probably easier you have an invitation to a wedding that is far greater than that wedding could ever imagine the marriage supper we are accepted invitations to see someone's friend I thank you so much for watching I hope you will join us again next week until then remember it is written Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God or him and


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